Hello! It’s time for our weekly Five Minute Friday link-up!
Speaking of excuses, this week’s FMF prompt is: EXCUSE
Scrolling through Twitter the other day, I read a tweet from a mom whose 7-year-old son told her he couldn’t go to bed because “It’s too dark for my feet.”
Of course I smiled, then started reminiscing about all the excuses I’ve heard so far in my twelve years as a mom. It’s easy to laugh most of the time, but sometimes I reach the end of my reserve of patience and get downright frustrated. “Stop making excuses! Just do what you’re supposed to do!”
But as I think back on the many times I’ve been short-tempered, I have to admit the truth: I have just as many excuses — no, more — in my own heart.
When I really think about it, I’m embarrassed by the countless excuses and so-called reasons for why I didn’t write today, why I didn’t read my Bible this morning, why I still haven’t folded that laundry, why dinner isn’t ready, and so on and so on.
Sure, some are legitimate, but most? Not so much.
Then I consider the excuses I make for my sin, and I’m even more ashamed.
It’s easy to gawk at the excuses of others when they’ve been caught out and have their offenses splashed all over the news. It seems like somebody’s always making an excuse for something they’ve done wrong. But how would I respond in a similar situation?
Would I try to justify my actions? Try to minimize them? Outright deny it?
Ultimately I have to come to terms with the fact I am a sinner desperately in need of the grace, mercy, and forgiveness only found in the blood of Christ. No excuses.
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